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Illegal cigarette hoarding Ilford shop fined more than £4.5k

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2018

The owner of Rey, in Ilford Lane, was ordered to pay £4,565 after being caught hoarding cigarettes. Photo: Google

The owner of Rey, in Ilford Lane, was ordered to pay £4,565 after being caught hoarding cigarettes. Photo: Google

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An Ilford shop owner caught with hundreds of packets of illegal cigarettes has been fined more than £4,500.

Andreea Roxanna Allen, owner of Rey, in Ilford Lane, pleaded guilty to being possession of illicit cigarettes at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, December 7.

Redbridge Council’s Trading Standards enforcement team and HM Revenue and Customs found 571 packets of cigarettes not displaying legally required health warnings in a joint raid of the premises in May this year, the court heard.

Allen had also been issued a warning in July 2017 after being caught in possession of illegal rolling tobacco by Trading Standards inspectors.

Allen was fined £2,100 and ordered to pay £2,395 in costs and £70 victim surcharge.

Cllr Bob Littlewood, cabinet member for crime, safety and community cohesion, said: “The sale of illicit and cheap cigarettes is dangerous and we are determined to do everything we can to reduce availability, supply and demand.”

Report shops or individuals you suspect are selling illegal or fake goods to Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or online at londontradingstandards.org.uk/report-consumer-crime.

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